Energetic parent volunteers for outdoor adventures with CCF

Sarah Tresise is no stranger to outdoor pursuits with a long list of exciting adventures on her CV. 

The supply teacher and Beavers leader is now willing to help lead future members of Pool Academy’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) when it launches later this month.

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She believes the CCF will give students an opportunity to take part in a number of different activities which will help build self-confidence, initiative and leadership skills.

Sarah, a blue belt in Taekwondo and Kickboxing, has completed a number of amazing feats including a 15,000 feet Sky Dive with her 80-year-old dad, a 27 mile Atlantic Coast Challenge, half a marathon on the Brecon Beacons in high temperatures, climbing 886 metres up Penn-Y-Fan, coastering, swimming in rivers, sea kayaking, tree surfing and much more.

Sarah is passionate about getting children and young adults exploring outdoors and to participate in local community groups. 

Following her dad's footsteps, she has also trained in the ATC and took part in Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. 

She said: “This year I have already camped during February's unseasonal heat wave with no sleeping bag and during the start of storm Freya. Survival is about changing the mind-set.

''Being outside in all-weather teaches us how to be resilient - it’s down to planning and preparation. It teaches us to be adaptable, creative and to remain positive. Challenging weather creates real and perceived risks, an opportunity for growth and have real consequences.”

Sarah is due to start her Level 3 Intensive Beach Leadership course and Military training with Bear Grylls.

She believes the Cadets of CCF will become high quality individuals by engaging in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities; including community involvement. 

She added: “It is a unique opportunity to gain transferable skills and valued qualifications for the transition into college, university and employment.”

The Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education recently gave Pool Academy the nod to set up its own Combined Cadet Force.

It’s official launch date is set to take place on March 25th.

Christiana Richardson